Although approval is still pending on the billions of dollars President Donald Trump needs to build a full border wall along the United States' southern border with Mexico, work on a 15-mile section of "the wall" officially began on Friday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they're beginning improvements on a section of the border wall near San Diego, partly in preparation for the existing wall to connect with whatever new wall the Trump Administration has planned, Fox News reports.
The new wall will be a "bollard-style wall" that is twice as high as the existing wall. CBP is also installing what they call an "anti-climbing plate."
“The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall border security, the safety and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, the safety of the public, and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area,” the Border Patrol said of the project.
This is a small step in the overall project, but any improvements are welcome, especially in a high traffic area like San Diego. The existing wall was pieced together from scraps of metal left over from the Vietnam War. The new improvements will improve border security significantly.